What Makes It Work: A Seriously Stylish Studio Apartment

Tom Delavan

Pin it button big

We love spotting studio apartments that prove that having a small(ish) space — and doing all your living in one room — doesn't have to mean sacrificing style. Feast your eyes on the photos of this lovely apartment by designer Tom Delavan, and read on for seven principles that make this small space work — that you can apply to your own small space, too.

Pin it button big

1. A uniform color palette keeps a small space from feeling too busy. Here, an allover palette of greys and neutrals is consistent and soothing. The introduction of varied textures, as in the Beni Ourain rug and the wood trim around the windows, adds depth and interest without competing with the color scheme.

2. Keep accessories to a minimum for a relaxing feel. Here, a judicious selection of art complements the rest of the space without being overwhelming.

3. But leave room for a little playfulness. Even in a small space, you should have a few things — a dog statue, an unusual painting, a chair with a crazy pattern — that are there just to make you smile.

4. Embrace multipurpose furniture. Having furniture that does double duty is classic advice for small space denizens — and with good reason. Here, a daybed (on the left in the top photo) doubles as a comfy sleeping spot for overnight guests.

Pin it button big

5. You don't always have to start with a sofa. Sure, the daybed is sofa-ish... but the main event in this 'living room' is the two easy chairs which face one another. This arrangement allows for a lot more intimacy, conversation-wise, and a lot more flexibility, decorating-wise. If a sofa (even a small one) just isn't working in your space, try two chairs instead. Which leads us to #6...

6. Don't be afraid to float furniture. You don't need a wall to put furniture on. If you're stuck on your furniture arrangement, try floating things in the middle of the room. Depending on the shape of the room you're working with, you may get a lot more out of your space.

7. Don't let the arrangement of the whole room be dictated by the TV. A common problem we see in modern living rooms is that people tend to arrange all the furniture in the room around the television, leaving the room feeling more like a theater than a space for cozy gatherings. In this space, watching TV with more than one person would mean rearranging a bit — but maybe that's not a bad thing. Our design choices reflect what we find important, and this room clearly prioritizes conversation over television, a change we find unusual and refreshing.

Want to see more of this space? Check out the project photos (including a peek at the teeny kitchen!) on designer Tom Delavan's website.

via Domaine Home

(Image credits: Tom Delavan)